BJP govt is Congress plus a cow, never seen a weaker PMO: BJP leader Arun Shourie

"The way to charaterise policies of the government is - Congress plus a cow. Policies are the same," Shourie said at book launch function.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 27, 2015 11:42 am
Arun Shourie, Narendra Modi, Modi government, Shourie Modi government, Pointing out differences between the present and the previous governments, Shourie said “there is clearer belief (in the present dispensation) that managing economy means managing the headlines and this is not really going to work.”

In a sharp attack on the Narendra Modi government, BJP leader Arun Shourie on Monday contended that it believes that managing economy means “managing the headlines” and that people had started recalling the days of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“Doctor Singh (Manmohan Singh) ko log yaad karne lag gaye hain (People have started recalling the days of Manmohan Singh). The way to charaterise policies of the government is – Congress plus a cow. Policies are the same,” Shourie said at book launch function.

The function to launch ‘Turn of The Tortoise’, a book written by former Business Standard Editor-in-Chief T N Ninan, was attended by Manmohan Singh, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subranamian and former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran.

Pointing out differences between the present and the previous governments, Shourie said “there is clearer belief (in the present dispensation) that managing economy means managing the headlines and this is not really going to work.”

Targeting Modi, the minister in the Vajpayee government said, “I feel there was never a weaker a PMO as now”. He said “there has never been as great a centralisation of functions, not power, of functions in PMO as now. …If fellows don’t dont have domain expertise, that Brajesh Mishra had, L K Jha had, all these principal secretaries had, then things get stuck.”

WATCH VIDEO – More is said that done in the present government – Shourie

Shourie said, “everybody is busy and everybody is doing very hard work, but it is not resulting in two there big things that was problem at that time(UPA government time).”

Elaborating, he said, “If you see impediments that were there in tax administration, virtually no change… Banking reform has been delayed by year and a half for no reason. So therefore this tortoise is very generous metaphor. Ye to so hi jata hai (this tortoise goes to sleep).” He claimed that industrialists are afraid of speaking against the government.

“The industrialists who meet the Prime Minister don’t speak whole truth. After meeting PM, they wonder what is happening and say ‘please do something’. And in front of media they give the government 9 out of 10,” Shourie claimed. Shourie noted that Parliament has become alibi for not doing anything.

While taking digs at the Modi government, Shourie said it should embrace everybody instead of fighting. “Don’t get into fight with everyone. If you want to build Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, you require support of 5 Chief Ministers,” he said.

Speaking at the event, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian said the work on the draft bankruptcy law is at an advanced stage. Noting that India is one of unique development models, Subramanian said India is “a precautious development model” in both economic and political sense.

“India is a country which is not following normal economic development model…India is growing by defying its comparative advantage,” he said. “We have lots of space to grow using our cheap labour. If we don’t do stupid things then we can grow very rapidly,” he said.

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    Ram Yadav
    Oct 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm
    Eat PIG and produce childern like PIGS haaa....
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      Ram Yadav
      Oct 27, 2015 at 2:03 pm
      Shame on you joker it is open secret that you did not get birth in MODI cabinet therefore you start barking without any issue what you mean to say when UPA was running and looting our country PMO was very very good????? everyone knows very well that you and your IE work for CORRUPT CONGRESS GOONS and ITALIAN MAFIA remember one thing people like you do what ever drama you can but NO USE we will continue our support to SUPER PM / ACTION PM of ENTIRE INDIAN HISTORY DO YOU HAVE GUTS TO COMPARE 60 years(that inc your term FM under Vajpayee) with 16 months of TEAM MODI work please stop talking non scenes work for country.
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        Ram Yadav
        Oct 27, 2015 at 2:01 pm
        Shame on you joker it is open secret that you did not get birth in MODI cabinet therefore you start barking without any issue what you mean to say when UPA was running and looting our country PMO was very very good????? everyone knows very well that you and your IE work for CORRUPT CONGRESS GOONS and ITALIAN MAFIA remember one thing people like you do what ever drama you can but NO USE we will continue our support to SUPER PM / ACTION PM of ENTIRE INDIAN HISTORY DO YOU HAVE GUTS TO COMPARE 60 years(that inc your term FM under Vajpayee) with 16 months of TEAM MODI work please stop talking non scenes work for country.
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          Ram Yadav
          Oct 27, 2015 at 2:39 pm
          You are PROUDCT OF INCEST joker haaa...... PIGS is your mom haaa...
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            Ram Yadav
            Oct 27, 2015 at 2:03 pm
            super borhter
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              AMIT
              Oct 27, 2015 at 7:26 am
              Every bhakt and believer builds on this propaa that India did not move anywhere since Independence and it PM Modi who is the saviour of a desperate nation. Are you kidding me? The freedoms we enjoy today,the economic prosperity,the infrastructure boom, the highways,metro,Healthcare hospital revolution, education -infrastructure /streams, privatization of aviation,service industry,telecom etc etc -didn't happen from 2014!!!they happened because of the efforts of every government before Modi. Let's not forget, you are wagging your necks today cause you were born in the Era which made it happen. Now Modi needs to take it forward just like he promised a zillion times. He may have won people's votes but he needs to get to work along with his entire team. History will tell if he succeeds or fails.
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                Bharatk
                Oct 27, 2015 at 8:38 am
                Any PM campaigning for a political party leaving all his work unattended is disgrace to the seat of PM. Modi does not work for the people of India, he works merely for rss and bjpeee.
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                  Feardz
                  Oct 27, 2015 at 7:35 am
                  Moodi has forgotten how Americans wash there hands after shaking with him for media publicity.
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                    Gurbinder Singh
                    Oct 27, 2015 at 1:44 am
                    Mr Shourie is one of the boldest intellectual in the country. People like him don't crave to be a Minister when he was instrumental in bringing two governments down. Don't forget the VP Singh Govt and his two famous articles : "70 yes sir and 700 no sir" on reservation & "Mr PM Sahib Baat Karenge" when Devi Lal threatened him on the phone whilst being deputy PM. What he says is spot-on and frankly there is nothing to boast about after 15 months except for mively increased communal incidents.
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                      Haradhan Mandal
                      Oct 27, 2015 at 11:11 am
                      His 'reform' was to grossly undervalue the ets of PSUs.Sometimes the 'valuations' of the PSUs were done by one gentleman - dubbed as an expert - in record time - with no paper or records to back and substantiate/no validation /no scrutiny by anybody else. Sometimes the et valuation of the said PSUs was grossly undervalued that the w eny was sold at 1/5th of the real estate value of the PSU. But his real agenda was a 'social' program - eliminate jobs for the lower castes.
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                        KS
                        Oct 27, 2015 at 3:56 am
                        See who is the audience he is trying to impress where he spoke; Manmohan Singh and former congressmen. People who like to sit and criticize rather than do something . Who cares what Arun Shourie says other than losers like him.
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                          J. Eapen
                          Oct 27, 2015 at 11:03 am
                          Jinnah, Time to take your medications!
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                            Mandrake
                            Oct 27, 2015 at 3:04 pm
                            Mr Shourie, you will reap what you sow....Fox did say about "Sour Grapes"..You are the same..
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                              George
                              Oct 27, 2015 at 6:14 am
                              I would have been happy if there was constructive criticism by Shourie, instead his shouting exposes the following Frustration in not being made a minister Timing of criticism in trying to put Modi on back foot before Bihar elections. People of India tolerated the misrule of congress for 60 years, and Shourie expects miracle in 18 months. There is no one more committed to development than Modi.shourie should tell all who is able to instigate him for these rantings
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                                Ramesh Pau
                                Oct 27, 2015 at 3:17 am
                                Arunji you are buffalo now
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                                  Sheshadri Jain
                                  Oct 27, 2015 at 4:56 am
                                  Arun Shourie was the best reform minister in the first NDA ministry headed by a clean PM. He was not a liar and a feku. Corruption! Modi's funds are managed by Adani. Multi-billion dollar corruption. That is why he is unable to act against Lalit Modi and his corrupt friends in BJP. His personal weakness is well known that he had to make his snooping buddy as his Party President. Such a pathetic illiterate person as the Prime Minister of India. We have to tolerate him for 3 more years.
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                                    Sheshadri Jain
                                    Oct 27, 2015 at 5:15 am
                                    Congress has been voted out 18-months back and country gave a big mandate to the snooper. We are discussing Feku's regime and Arun Shourie's criticism of that government. Keep blaming Congress will not work. Do some work and show some results.
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                                      Sheshadri Jain
                                      Oct 27, 2015 at 5:08 am
                                      Some posts show below that Arun Shourie is bitter, that he did not get a post in Modi cabinet. More important question should be why such a capable and clean man is kept out of the NDA cabinet? Why is Feku so comfortable with jokers like Venkayya Naidu and incompetent corrupt fellows like Arun Jaitly in his team? Why is Feku afraid of people with capabilities and competence?????
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                                        Sheshadri Jain
                                        Oct 27, 2015 at 12:17 am
                                        Thank you, Arun Shouie, for showing the mirror to the Jumla fraud. People of India need to wait for 3.5 more years to boot out this Narendra Crook and the Cylindrical Snooping Shah.
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                                          Swapan Chakravarthy
                                          Oct 27, 2015 at 6:50 am
                                          What is PNGs GDP? Comparing chalk with cheese!
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                                            nishit sahay
                                            Oct 27, 2015 at 9:54 am
                                            People need to explain their comments with objective points. Arun Shouri saying all this doesnt suit him.. People can agree or disagree with PMO policies but it defiitel a strong PMO.
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